November 18, 2002
Americus - Henry King Stanford is an active 86-year old and a retired university president who travelled the world with his wife. "She was a great combination of a lady of grace and a spirit of adventure," said Stanford.
Henry and Ruth were married for 65 years, and he said "we had a great marriage." A year and a half ago, Dr. Stanford made a difficult decision. "We moved out, and I got rid of all the stuff we had accumulated over the years."
Ruth was battling cancer and needed around the clock care. Stanford moved into the assisted living center at Magnolia Manor in Americus and moved his wife into the adjacent nursing center. "I really admired the attention Ruth got there," said Stanford.
Magnolia Manor's campus includes everything from independent homes to the 24-hour care nursing center. Admissions Director Sandra Davis says counselors work closely with prospective residents and their families because "they have to be comfortable with their surroundings."
Here's a checklist of things to do to make sure the place you choose is the best fit.
Dr. Stanford did his homework before moving and knew Magnolia Manor was the best facility for him and his wife. "This has been a great, great place for us," he said.
Mrs. Stanford died earlier this year. Dr. Stanford is convinced her last days were spent in the best possible location. And he's convinced his home is the right choice for the rest of his life.
Just last week, the Department of Health and Human Services unveiled a new program to help you make an informed nursing home choice. It includes quality care information, such as the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from bed sores.
You can also see the most recent inspection reports for every nursing home in Georgia through that website. Nursing homes undergo a full review at least once every 15 months. Inspectors list all violations or deficiencies.
The average number of deficiencies in Georgia is nine. According to the most recent reports, 21 nursing homes in the state had no deficiencies, including Brownwood Nursing home in Moultrie and Waycross Health and Rehabilitation Center in our area.
The results for Albany's two largest nursing homes were among the worst in this region. Palmyra Nursing Home had 28 deficiencies. Inspectors found 21 deficiencies at Albany Health Care.
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